Flood channel dredging will start soon: I&FC
Even after passing more than 11 years, the government has failed to start dredging on Kralpora-Peerbagh flood channel posing a continuous threat to the local population.
The inhabitants of Peerbagh, Banbagander, Nadigund and Bemina areas Monday expressed resentment against the government for failing to start dredging on the flood channel.
They said despite persistent flood threats prevailing from the past four years, the government is deliberately risking their lives.
Anees Ahmad, a local at Hyderpora told Rising Kashmir that the Irrigation and Flood Control (IFC) department has left the flood channel untouched which is now full of unwanted weeds.
“More than 11years have passed but it seems the department has turned deaf ears to our pleas. The shallow channel is a threat to the lives of local population,” Anees said.
He said during March-April rains, water enters residential areas and damages property of locals. Huge grass has accumulated over the flood channel, blocking the flow of waters, he said.
Another local at Bemina, Sajid Beigh said that in August month, due to fear of floods, they shifted to their relative’s home as the flood channel was flowing above the danger mark.
“Even two days of continuous rainfall brought the area on the brink of floods exposing the hollow claims of flood preparedness by the department, he said.
He said they approached the concerned officials and also visited the Irrigation and Flood Control office many times but to no avail.
The residents said from the past three years, most of the population living around flood channel relive the devastating scenes of 2014 floods.
They said the depth of the flood channel should be increased forthwith to avert flood threats.
Chief Engineer I&FC department Kashmir was not available for his comments on the issue.
However, an official at I&FC department Kashmir wishing anonymity told Rising Kashmir that the department will soon start dredging the flood channel.
He said the flood channel will be cleaned and its depth will also be increased so that these areas will get relief from flood fear.
“We have already issued a contract for dredging and bidding is under process, work will be completed soon, the official said.